Weekly Roundup, Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Team Smitchard

Hi all, welcome to your festive weekly roundup.

Things kicked off with an exceptional performance by Scott Watson on Saturday at the 38 mile trail / fell race ‘The Tour de Helvellyn’.

Scott finished in 12th place in a field of 200+ and was first V50 male. Scott’s time for the event of 6 hours 41 minutes. To put it into some perspective his nearest Strider rivals (Gibbo, Mike Hughes and mud man) were 2 hours behind. Fantastic performance Scott, hard training definitely paying off. Well done to Scott and all the Striders who finished this immense challenge. 

A few flew the purple flag at the Saltwell 10K road race. Richard Hockin, Andrew Davies, Diane Harold, Katie Davison, Robin Linton and Claire Galloway, all of whom had good runs. Well done gang!

George Nicholson completed his 250th parkrun at Gibside in a low key event. Impressive milestone in anyone’s running, well done George for this and your fundraising achievements! 

Carole Seheult achieved a 5K PB in her second Durham parkrun, whilst Gareth Pritchard and Stephen Jackson were first home at Durham and Sunderland respectively. 

Stan White achieved his highest age graded score with his 200th parkrun in the bag! Great stuff! 

Tamsin Imber nailed another impressive PB in the Spijkenisse marathon (Rotterdam) with a time of 3:31! Great Running Tamsin! 

The Strider festive handicap ran on Sunday in good conditions. Well done and thanks to everyone who took part – those who organised it and set up the course, those who ran, dressed up in amazing costumes, marshalled, played Santa and the like all helped to make it another huge success! It was great to see a mix of old and newer faces in a race which encourages friendly competition & the opportunity to run and socialise with a diverse range of folks from the club.

There were 20 prizes – 4 main ones went to: the race winner Mike Bennett (1st time winner in 29 handicaps!) fastest male Mike Mason, fastest female Louise McCLoy and fastest junior Erin Keeler-Clarke. All the other prizes were for fancy dress chosen by Santa’s elves.

This week Wednesday options

– 5K suitable for all, Sue Jennings and Jan Ellis

– 9-9.30 MM round town with Jonathan Hamill- approx 10K
– 9-9.30 MM headtorch signal box run approx 6 miles with the Sygroves  (please bring headtorches) 
– Track session with Allan (see previous post – time trial this week)
– Paul – TBC
– Anna – TBC  
Anything / anyone else let us know! 

This is the last evening we have MC until 4th Jan but there are plenty options to keep us running through the festive period as per Paul’s and Nigel’s previous emails. 

We will remind you what’s on when!


Catherine and Gareth

Team Smitchard 

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